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Volunteer with elephants in the Okavango Delta

Pays d’action: Botswana, Afrique
Type d’activité: Ecovolontariat
Join a team of adventure-loving researchers in the Okavango Delta - a huge wilderness that is home to the largest elephant population in the world and one of the last few places where you can spot endangered wild dog. Explore the famous Moremi Game Reserve, monitor priority species, and learn a variety of bushcraft skills as you move from camp to camp.

Description du projet et du rôle des volontaires

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    Home to the largest population of elephants on Earth
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    A vital migration route for zebra
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    Enjoy evenings at the pan with an expert guide
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    Share stories with other travellers around the camp fire
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    Botswana’s Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s last true wildernesses

If you're passionate about wildlife and adventure, the Okavango Delta in Botswana should be at the top of your travel list.

This inspiring place is home to the largest population of elephants on Earth. It is also a vital migration route for zebra and one of the few remaining habitats of the endangered African wild dog.

You will monitor the movement and populations of iconic species, such as lion, giraffe, elephant, wild dog, hippo, crocodile, and more. You'll engage in activities such as tracking and observing wildlife, utilising line transects and GPS equipment to gather data on animal sightings and their habitats. Additionally, camera traps will be set up to monitor elusive species, while surveys will be conducted at waterholes to study wildlife dynamics.

While in the Okavango, you’ll assist in maintaining the camps and will learn essential bushcraft skills needed to survive in the wilderness. You’ll also get to enjoy a game drive through one of Africa’s most biodiverse wildlife reserves - the Moremi Game Reserve.

This experience aligns with the objectives of the Government of Botswana’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) and complies with the standardised wildlife monitoring protocols of the South African Regional Environmental Program (SAREP). It was created with well-known bodies such as the Okavango Research Institute (ORI) and longtime Okavango Delta expert Christiaan Winterbach.

"Coming here, you witness real behind-the-scenes conservation work while spending your time in the genuine wilderness."

L’organisation de volontariat se présente

Since 1999, our organisation has empowered gap year travellers to work hands-on with Africa’s wildlife. As experts in conservation, we’ve helped thousands of volunteers gain skills for their university applications or future careers, all while creating gap year experiences that are anything but tame.

We’ve also supported those that are simply searching for a meaningful wildlife experience instead of the usual safari holiday. We do this by offering a variety of opportunities including being able to volunteer at wildlife care and rehabilitation centres to aid orphaned and injured animals; assist with wildlife conservation management in order to monitor priority species and contribute to vital research; and being able to live the life of an African wildlife vet while meeting the requirements for Extra Mural Studies (EMS) and Animal Husbandry Extra Mural Studies (AHEMS).

Together, we can create a brighter future for Africa’s wildlife.

What makes us different to other companies?

  • We are southern Africa’s original conservation travel company, made up of qualified zoologists and conservationists.
  • Every traveller of ours receives personal guidance before they book to ensure we find the right experience for their goals and passions.
  • We work with a range of real partner projects, offering hands-on experience and meaningful work, so you know your efforts are truly making a difference.
  • We bring people together from all around the world, so you can make friendships for life.
  • We offer 24/7 in-country support. We will meet you when you arrive, see you safely onto your flight home, and throughout your trip we are always available if you need assistance or just want a chat.
  • All money paid to us is financially protected through ABTA or ATOL, giving you full peace of mind when booking with us that your money is safe.
  • We are full members of the Year Out Group, specialists in gap year travel programmes.

Most of the fantastic wildlife conservation work that happens in southern Africa today simply wouldn’t be possible without travellers like you.

En savoir plus sur nos critères de sélection pour choisir nos organisations partenaires.

Fiche technique de la mission

Pays d’action :
Botswana, Afrique
Type d'activité :
Durée de la mission :
Minimum: 2 semaines
Maximum: 1 an
Frais de participation à la mission :
(contacter l’organisation pour une liste de prix complète)
2 semaines : 3556 €
4 semaines/1 mois : 5912 €
8 semaines/2 mois : 10624 €
3 mois : 15336 €
Pourquoi payer pour faire du volontariat ?

* Toutes les indications de prix sont fournies par l’organisation de volontariat sans garantie. Si l’organisation ne facture pas en Euros, les prix réels peuvent varier en fonction du cours de change.
Disponibilité de la mission :
Available from March - November
Age minimum :
18 ans
Age maximum :
pas d'âge maximum
Placement individuelle ou en groupe ?
Maîtrise de langues :
Participants need to be able to communicate in English but do not need to be fluent
Qualifications particulières :
No prior experience or specific skills are required
Hébergement & repas :
You'll stay at two camps - base camp for most evenings, and a simply temporary camp beside the water at least one night a week. At base camp you'll have your own walk-in safari-style tent with a proper bed and chemical toilet, with a separate bathroom complex with showers. There is no WiFi, but there is mobile data coverage, and the whole team prepares meals together.

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  • Recevez gratuitement notre guide avec une check-list à imprimer
  • Un guide de conversation en cadeau, si vous vous inscrivez plus tard
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